I started working with the Miller's in May of last year - they had been updating their Bungalow & they brouht me on board to help them make the kitchen a functional space for their young family of four.
There was little counter space, poor lighting & the wall divided up not only the visual space but also the function of the living room & kitchen space.
- the before -
They needed better work flow, a "drop off zone" for mail, keys & diaper bags + simply to maximise storage in the small footprint we had to work with.
Removing the wall between Kitchen & Living Room helped open up the space but meant we had to really be smart about utilizing the base cabinets for storage.
In the Island - these three drawers house craft supplies for the kiddos & keep them from having as much "extra" stuff in the kitchen drawers.
We also wanted to free up the counters as much as possible - so opting for a built in microwave keeps small appliances off the counter top.
The custom cabinets allowed us to narrow the counter along the fridge wall to 18" in order to get a fully functioning corner cabinet in this narrow space -something we could not have done with " box store" cabinetry.
Having a built - in coffee bar along the far wall helped us separate the work zones in the kitchen + provided some extra storage by housing a bank of drawers underneath.
The counter to ceiling subway tile laid in this stepped herringbone pattern draws the eye upward & makes the room feel much larger than it is. We had the cabinet maker create these solid butcher block floating shelves to keep everyday essentials in arms reach.
To save money on countertops we had the counter on the "drop off zone" made in the butcher block as well . Beside is a built in Floor to Ceiling Pantry which houses most of the food in the kitchen - having it right off the entry makes it easy to set groceries on the table & be put away easily.
P.S. how awesome is all artwork of their kiddos hung throughout the space? - Kayla's sister is a photographer & hanging some of her beautiful portraits of their kiddos makes it their own.
We had some floating drawers installed under the drop off zone to house all the pens & papers that would otherwise clutter up the kitchen.
Not only did opening up the space allow for the natural light to flow better through the space but we also layered the lighting in the kitchen to function well. The pot lights help light the overall space & the pendants are all able to be dimmed to control the ambience in the space + we put led strip underneath all the uppers & shelving to light the counter top.
Lets be honest - tackling a reno, especially in one of the most expensive rooms in the house - can be extremely daunting & no doubt there can be unforseen challenges that rise up but when the result means more joy spent as a family enjoying time in their home ... it really is worth it. I loved stopping by & seeing Kayla + the kiddos using & enjoying their new space!
I always like to get clients feedback on a big project on how I helped them the most & what gave them value working with me.
Here's what they had to say:
- Narrowing down all their ideas to what would actually work in the design
- Guidance choosing the right appliances to fit the space & their budget
- Having the design & measurements for the cabinets done
- Working with contractors they knew they could trust & having me take care of the Project Management [ when to call who, ordering materials etc ] gave them peace of mind
Appliances: Zaylie's Furniture
Flooring: Canadian Custom Flooring Regina
Cabinets: DJ Cabinetry